Winners of Scottish Climate Challenge Fund Awards unveiled

National awards ceremony recognises local efforts to tackle climate change

Six community-led organisations from across Scotland have been presented with a prestigious Climate Challenge Fund Award at a ceremony which took place in Perth on Wednesday 12 December.

The Climate Challenge Fund Awards were organised by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful on behalf of the Scottish Government. The Awards recognise the work that has been undertaken by groups supported by the Climate Challenge Fund to tackle climate change in their communities.

15 groups were shortlisted for the Awards, and six were crowned as being top of their categories. The winners were:

Energy Category - East Sutherland Energy Advice Service, Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust
Food Category - SCOREscotland Green Futures, SCOREscotland
Travel Category - Healthy Living and Sustaining East-Renfrewshire, Woodfarm Education Centre
Waste Category - R:evolve Recycle, Lightburn Elderly Association Project Ltd*
Youth Engagement Category - Embedding North Glasgow’s Green Legacy, Ng Homes
Outstanding Contribution Category - Greener Kirkcaldy

Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said:

“Congratulations to all of the award winners and runners-up. Every project demonstrated great initiative, innovation and inclusiveness, to create local solutions to an international problem.”

The Climate Challenge Fund is a Scottish Government grants programme, managed and administered by Keep Scotland Beautiful, which provides funding and support for community groups to tackle climate change through community-led projects that reduce carbon emissions.

The Climate Challenge Fund has been hugely successful and, since its introduction in 2008, has awarded grants totalling £101 million to 1,097 projects in 658 communities, with projects involving energy efficiency, sustainable travel, local food and resource efficiency. A map showing currently funded projects can be accessed here.

The awards were presented by Tom Brock OBE, Charity Trustee of Keep Scotland Beautiful, and physicist and meteorologist, Heather Reid OBE, ‘Heather the Weather’, who was also Guest Speaker at the Awards.

Tom Brock OBE, Charity Trustee at Keep Scotland Beautiful, commented:

“This is an exciting year for community action on climate change in Scotland as we celebrate a decade of successful projects tackling climate change with the support of the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund and recognise youth contributions as part of our activities for Scotland’s Year of Young People.

“We are proud to present these awards and recognise everyone’s outstanding efforts. The awards provide the opportunity to showcase and celebrate the excellent work that has been being carried out in the vital fight against climate change by communities across Scotland supported by the Fund. Congratulations to all of the winners.”

Heather Reid OBE added:

“It was fantastic to see how communities from across Scotland have come together to help address climate change.

“Climate change is one of the most important challenges facing the world today and the Climate Challenge Fund has allowed communities the opportunity to explore and implement projects that help people to learn more about the issue and how they can help to tackle it.

“It was inspiring to see so many strong nominations and the winning entries were outstanding in their efforts to help address climate change.”

Further details can be found at www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/ccfawards

*Climate Challenge Fund grant in 2017/18 included a contribution from the European Regional Development Fund.

The European Regional Development Fund comes from the European Structural and Investment Fund which helps to facilitate major investments to support transformational change and economic and social structural reforms across Scotland. The Scottish Government is the Managing Authority for the European Structural Funds 2014-20 Programme. For further information visit the website or follow @scotgovESIF.

12 December 2018

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